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The genuine collector is a rare being. He is the pioneer who assembles 
a collection on the basis of his taste and knowledge. While he diligently 
pursues a well chartered course others spend time and mottey in pursuit 
of the latest art fad. 

In art Belacroix believed Painting to be the most difficult medium. I 
choose to believe he meant not only difficult of execution but also of 
comprehension. This belief is substantiated by the fact that a far greater 
number of people prefer IHusic and Poetry to Painting. 

In trying to analyze the reason for this preference I have concluded that 
whereas Music and Poetry employ only one's emotional sensibilities — 
Painting reiinircs the use of your emotional mechanisnt and also your 
faculty of comprehension. 

As a ctmsequence I believe tme's capacity for enjoyment of Painting 
and Sculpture is commensurate with the power to observe and emotion- 
ally absorb the image thus created. 

To the esthetic there is little connection between the price tag and the 
art object. In a recent London Sales Room $616,000 was paid for a paint- 
ing by Cezanne. In commenting on this, too few mention the merits of 
the painting. To the majority only the sales price seems important. When 
ashed if it were possible that the selling price represented the paint- 
ing's true value, I could without hesitation assure the interrogator that 
such was indeed the case. The price paid represented the worth the 
buyer — not the seller — placed on the object. There are many who have 
$616,000, but there is but one who possesses this marvelous painting by 

It has been my experience that in purchasing works of art the buyer is 
inevitably the one who gains. The seller receives payment hut mice. The 
purchaser however collects a daily spiritual dividend that goes hand 
in hand with ownership of great art. The joy of possessing it contains a 
special uplifting ingredient that permits the possessor to live in an 
aura reserved for the Saints. It also gains for him a special niche in the 
hearts and esteem of those with whom he daily rubs elbows. In my opin- 
ion such a feeling of well-being cannot be derived through possessing a 
large bank balance. 

Proof of the intangible value of good art can be gained by considering 
that although its component parts tnay be of no material value, art trea- 
sures nevertheless are usually the first thing sought by an invading army. 

i have often been ashed why I purchased this or that object or why I 
chose to buy the worh of one artist in preference to another. These are 
in reality not easy questions. Reduced to their simplest form I should say 
it resolves itself largely into a matter of personal taste. Availability is 
also a hey factor in collecting. 

The true uiorth of an art object, as that of a Musical composition or Poent, 
is often not readily recognizable. This is where taste and experience 
play an all important role in the formation of a collection. During the 
early years of collecting and observing I classified art as abstract or 
realistic. And by Schools such as Dada or Surrealist. Today I recognize 
but two kinds of art. Good Art and Bad Art. 

in the formation of a collection I had no desire to tnvn a painting b;/ each 
of the better known Contemporary artists. By choice I confined my activi- 
ties to a small group. Within this group my collection often contained 
40 to 50 works by a single artist. In several instances this figure ex- 
ceeded 100. 

It was my belief that since I could own — and perhaps more important 
— absorb the significance of — but a limited amount of art it was better 
that I restrict my endeavors. It seemed much more desirable to own and 

be thoroughly ctmversant tcith a comprehensive group of worU by one 
artist than to possess individual works by a great number of artists. 
This ot course was a matter of personal choice. 

Through the collection hanging at "Stone's Throw" I was able to demon- 
strate the merits of this approach in collecting contemporary art. Here 
I continuously had on exhibit more than two hundred works of art. This 
nuntber did not include various group-hangings of work by one artist. 
It was my belief that the total esthetic impact of the more than two 
hundred on exhibit failed to equal that of say a wall devoted to showing 
the complete range of Schwitter's work. Or a gallery devoted solely to the 
work of one artist such as Klee, Giacometti, Leger,Burrt, Fautrier, Du- 
butfet, Sta'el or Picasso. 

This method of grouping for display permitted the viewer an oppor- 
tunity to make a more accurate appraisal of the individual artist's work 
than seeing the same material scattered throughout the collection. It 
had a further aspect of interest, that of seeing the individuals' work 
against a baekgrotind of numerous works by his contemporaries. 

Exercising your prerogative as to what you buy and how you display 
it is an important part of the joy of collecting. There is fortunately room 
for all tastes in today's exciting world of art. I wish it were possible 
for me to do it all over again. 

G. David Thompson, "Stone's Throw", Pittsburgh, Pa. 

The President and the Board of Trustees of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation 
welcome the opportunity of presenting one hundred paintings selected from the 
G. David Thompson Collection. 

We are grateful to the Municipal Museum at The Hague — one of three European 
museums which featured the collection — for facilitating the preparatory steps for 
the current exhibition, and to the Galerie Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, for cooperat- 
ing with the Museum staff in arranging the loan show. 

Through its uncompromising commitment to quality, the collection itself is a tribute 
to G. David Thompson. 

Harry F. Guggenheim, President 


Born in Bottrop, Ruhr district, Germany. Educated at art schools in Berlin, 
Essen, Munich and at Bauhaus. 1923-33 professor at Bauhaus, Weimar and 
Dessau. Came to United States to head art department. Black Mountain 
College, N. C, 1933-49. 1950-58 Chairman, Department of Design, Yale 
University. 1959 received Ford Foundation Fellowship. 

BENT BLACK. 1940. Oil on pressed wood, 26 x 19Vi". 

JEAJV ARP 1887- 

Born in Strassburg. 1904 to Paris. 1906-09 studied painting in Weimar. To 
Switzerland, 1909. 1912 to Munich; associated with Kandinsky and Der Blaue 
Reiter. One of founders of Dada, Ziirich, 1916. 1920 member Cologne Dada 
group. Joined surrealist group, Paris, 1925. Trips to United States, 1949, 
1950. Executed relief for UNESCO Building, Paris, 1957. Lives in Meudon- 
Val-Fleury, near Paris. 

INTERREGNUM. 1949. Oil on board relief, 28 x 21". 


Born in Paris. Studied literature and sculpture before turning to painting in 
1924. Has designed theater sets and costumes; stained glass and mosaics, 
including large mosaic decoration, 1958, for UNESCO Building, Paris. 
Represented in Venice Biennale, 1948, 1952; Sao Paulo Bienal, 1951, 1953; 
Pittsburgh International, 1950, 1955, 1958; II. Documenta, Kassel, 1959. 
Lives in Paris. 

THE CLEARING. 1951. Oil on canvas, 51V4, x38Vi". 


Born in Chicago. Studied architecture with Mies van der Rohe, 1936-41, 1945. 
Painted in Paris, 1947-56. One-man exhibitions at Leo Castelli Gallery, 
New York, 1957, 1959, 1960. Participation in group exhibitions including 
Pittsburgh International, 1958; II. Documenta, Kassel, 1959. Lives in 
New York City. 

EARTHQUAKE. 1959. Oil on canvas, 83% x 48Vi". 


Born in Fontenay-aux-Roses, near Paris. 1888-89 studied at Ecole des Beaux- 
Arts and Academic Julian. Met Denis, Vuillard ; became member of Nabi 
group. 1893 met Vollard who showed and published his lithographs and book 
illustrations. 1896 first one-man show at Durand-Ruel's. 1926 visited United 
States as member of Pittsburgh International fury. Died at Le Cannet, France. 

NUDE AT THE WINDOW: Oil on canvas, 49V2 x 26W. 


Born in Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. Studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montreal; 
Ecole d'Art Sucre, Paris, 1928-30. Returned to Montreal, 1930, where he 
founded .4utomatiste group, 1948. Saint-Hilaire, 1948-52; Netv York, 1953-54; 
Paris, 1955-60. Participated in Pittsburgh International, 1952, 1955; Venice 
Biennale, 1954: Sao Paulo Bienal, 1951, 1953. 1955. Died in Paris. 

SUDDEN SILENCE. Oil on canvas, 45 x 57". 


Born in Argenteuil, France. 1893-99 Le Havre; to Paris, 1900. Studied at 
Academic Humbert, 1902-04. 1906 exhibited ivith Fauves at Salon des 
Independants. From 1907 close association with Picasso. 1908 first one-man 
show, Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris. Participated in Pittsburgh International, 
1937, 1939, 1958; Venice Biennale, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1960. 
Lives in Paris. 

LANDSCAPE AT LA ClOTAT. 1907. Oil on canvas, 24 x29Vi". 

WOMAN WITH A MANDOLIN. 1910. Oil on canvas, 36 x 28Vi". 

STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT BOWL. 1919. Oil on canvas, Wk x 25Vi". 

STILL LIFE WITH VASE, E.4SEL AND PALETTE. 1938. Oil on canvas, 35V2 x 42Vz" 

PAUL CEZAKKE 1839-1906 

Born in Aix-en-Provence. 1856 studied at Aix School of Drawing. 1859 studied 
law in accordance with father's wishes. Attended Academic Suisse in Paris 
to study painting; associated with Impressionists. 1874 participated in first 
Impressionist exhibition, Paris. 1895 first one-man show at Ambroise Vollard's. 
1904 featured at Salon d'Automne. Died in Aix-en-Provence. 

PORTRAIT OF MADAME CEZANNE. 1872-77. Oil on canvas, 21 ^Axl7^A". 
FOREST PATH. 1895. Oil on canvas, 31Vi x 25Vi" . 

EDGAR DEGAS 1834-1917 

Born in Paris. Began drawing at an early age. Studied law briefly; enrolled 
in Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1855. 1865-70 contributed to Salon. 
Participated in first, second, third Impressionist exhibitions. Began sculpture, 
1878. From 1879 showed regularly at Salon des Independants. After 1886 
withdrew almost entirely from public exhibitions. Traveled extensively, 
particularly in Italy. Died in Paris. 

AFTER THE BATH. Circa 1886. Pastel, 28Vi x KVi". 


Born in Paris. Apprenticed to stage designer. 1904 met Metzinger. 1911 showed 
with cubists in Salle 41, Salon des Independants. Met Apollinaire and 
Gleizes. Included in first Der Blaue Reiter exhibition, Munich, 1911. 1913 to 
Berlin with Apollinaire for one-man show at Der Sturm. 1914-20 Spain 
and Portugal. 1921 returned to Paris. Murals for Paris world fairs, 1925, 1937. 
Died at Montpellier, France. 

RHYTHM WITHOUT END. 1935-37. Oil on canvas, 63% x 51 Vi". 

ANDRE DERAIL 1880-1954 

Born in Chatou, France. 1895-1900 academic training at Ecole Poly technique, 
Paris ; interest in painting and friendship with Vlaminck ; at Academic 
Carriere, Paris; met Matisse. 1905 exhibited with Fauves at Salon 
d'Automne; visited London. 1907 contract with dealer Kahnweiler. Executed 
ballet and theater decor. First prize Pittsburgh International, 1928. 
Died in Garches, France. 

MORNING LIGHT. 1904-05. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25V2". 
LE HAVRE. 1907. Oil on canvas, 28% x SeVi". 


Born in Le Havre. 1918 studied painting, music, languages in Paris. 1924 gave 
up art for commerce. 1942 resumed painting. First one-man exhibition, 1944, 
Galerie Drouin, Paris. Frequent exhibitions in United States and Europe 
since then. International exhibitions include Pittsburgh International, 1952, 
1955, 1958; II. Documenta, Kassel, 1959. Lives in Vence and Paris. 

METAPHYSICAL LANDSCAPE. 1952. Oil on canvas, 51V4 x 63%". 

RAOVL BVFY 1877-1953 

Born in Le Havre. 1895 entered Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Le Havre. 1900 
to Paris, enrolled in Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Exhibited at Salon des 
Independants, 1903; Salon d'Automne, 1906. 1911 began designing printed 
textiles. Did ceramics, tapestries, theater sets and book illustrations. Awarded 
first prize, Venice Biennale, 1952. Retrospective, Masee de I' Art Moderne, 
Paris, 1953. Died in Forcalquier, France. 

WHITE TOWER. 1914. Oil on canvas, 23% x 28%". 


Born in Paris. 1912 studied painting in London. Returned to France, 1914. 
First exhibition in Paris, 1923. First abstract paintings, 1928. 1935-39 lived in 
Switzerland, later to his present residence at Chatenay-Malabry, near Paris. 
Represented in Pittsburgh International, 1958; II. Documenta, Kassel, 1959. 

"PETITE EMBALLAGE". 1952. Oil and plaster on canvas, 17% x 21 V^". 
GREENS. 1954. Oil and plaster on canvas, 17% x 21". 
WHITE SILK. 1957. Oil and plaster on canvas, 10¥b x 13%". 
SQUARES. 1957. Oil and plaster on canvas, 2OV2 x25V2". 


Born in Stampa, Switzerland. Until 1915 studied with his father Giovanni 
Giacometti in Stampa, later at Ecole des Arts et Metiers in Geneva; 1922-23 in 
Paris, under Bourdelle. 1930-32 associated with surrealists in Paris. First 
one-man exhibition in Paris, 1933. Represented in Venice Biennale, 1956; 
II. Documenta, Kassel, 1959, Lives in Paris. 

STANDING NUDE. 1953. Oil on canvas, 62% x 22". 


Born in Groot Zundert, The Netherlands. Worked in an art gallery, as a 
schoolmaster and a lay preacher. 1880 began to study drawing. 1882 first oil 
paintings. Entered Academy, Antwerp, 1885. 1886 to Paris, met Lautrec. 1887 
met Pissarro, Bernard, Gauguin and others. 1888 to Aries. 1889 admitted 
himself to asylum at St. Remy. 1890 to Paris; then to Auvers, where he 
committed suicide. 1891 retrospective. Salon des Independants, Paris. 

L'ARLESIENNE. 1890. Oil on canvas, 23Vz x 19%". 

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Braqiir: iMiulscape at La C.iotal. 1007. 

lirmjuv: W oniai} with a \Ian(/o!in. 1910. 

Braqite: Still Lifr with Fiuit Bowl. 1919. 

Cezanne: Portrait vl Mailann' Cezanne. 1872-77. 

Cezanne: Forest Path. 1895. 

Degas: After the Bath. Circa 1886. 

Derain: Morning Light. 1904-05. 

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Leger: Compass. 1926. 

Leger: Composition I. 1930. 


Malisse: Grey Nude. 1929. 

Mini: Constellation. 19.33. 

Mondrian: Tree. 1912. 

Mondrian: Composition. Blue and Yellow. 1935. 

Monet: Wisteria. 1920-25. 

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Born in Neiv York City, where he now lives. Studied at Art Student's League, 
New York, 193840, 1946; Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, New York, 
1941-42, 1949-51. In the army 1942-46. Group exhibitions since 1951, including 
Young America, Whitney Museum, 1957; Pittsburgh International, 1958; II. 
Documenta, Kassel, 1959; Sao Paulo Bienal, 1959. First one-man exhibition, 
Tiber de Nagy Gallery, New York, 1953. 

JANUS STILL LIFE. 1955. Oil and collage, 75 x SOVt". 

JUAJV GRIS 1887-1927 

Born in Madrid. 1902 studied at School of Arts and Industry, Madrid. 1906 to 
Paris. Met Kahnweiler, 1907. First exhibited, 1912, at Salon des 
Independants and with cubists at Section d'Or. 1922-23 executed stage sets 
and costumes for Diaghilev. Died in Paris. 

TEA CUPS. 1914. Oil, charcoal and collage on canvas, 25^ x 36Vi". 
STILL LIFE. 1919. Oil on canvas, 21% x 15". 


Born in Montreal. To Los Angeles, 1916. Self-taught except for three months 
at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles. 1934-35 to Mexico. To New York, 1935. 
Worked on WPA Federal Art Project, 1935-40. One-man exhibitions since 
1944. Group exhibitions include Sao Paulo Bienal, 1957, 1959; II. Documenta, 
Kassel, 1959; Venice Biennale, 1960. Lives in New York City. 

COMPOSITION (BRANCH). 1956-58. Oil on canvas, 72V4 x 76V2". 


Born in Guatemala City. 1925-26 studied at Fine Arts Museum, San Diego. 
Has exhibited in United States and Europe. First one-man show at Heller 
Gallery, New York, 1952. Subsequent New York exhibitions at Tanager, 
Stable, Bertha Schaefer and Martha Jackson Galleries. Instructor at Maryland 
Institute, Baltimore, 1958. Lives in New York City. 

INSIGHT. 1959. Oil on canvas, 74 x 45%". 


Born in Moscow. 1896 to Munich. 1911 with Franz Marc founded Der Blaue 
Reiter group in Munich and edited yearbook by that name. 1912 wrote 
Concerning the Spiritual in Art. 1919 returned to Moscow; director, Museum 
of Pictorial Culture; taught at Academy of Fine Arts. 1922-32 professor at 
Bauhaus, ¥eimar and Dessau. From 1933, Paris, luhere he died. 

NUDE. 1911. Oil on canvas, 58x39". 

PAUL KLEE 1879-1940 

Born in Bern. First considered music as a profession but chose painting. 
1898 studied in Munich; associated with Der Blaue Reiter, 1911. 1912 Paris. 
1914 trip to Kairuan, Tunisia. 1920-30 professor at Bauhaus, Weimar and 
Dessau. 1925 wrote Pedagogical Sketchbook. 1931 professor at Dusseldorf 
Academy of Art. Returned to Bern, 1933. Died at Locarno-Mural to, Switzerland. 

THE CHAPEL QUAKES. 1924. Gouache and India ink, 13Vi x MVi". 

FIELD. 1925. Gouache, 10 x 13". 

TIME AND THE PLANTS. 1927. Oil on wood, 15Vi x 21". 

CHECK! 1931. Oil on plaster, 15V4 x 17". 

PALACE IN FOUR PARTS. 1933. Oil on canvas, 35V2 x 26V2". 

TROUBLED. 1934. Oil on canvas, 6% x I6V2". 

IN THE FLOWER GARDEN. 1939. Oil on canvas, 2PA x 15". 

FER1VA]V» LEGER 1881-1955 

Born in Argentan, Normandy. 1900 to Paris; worked as an architectural 
draughtsman. Began painting, 1901. Associated with cubists, 1910-14. Stage 
designs for Swedish Ballet, 1921-23 ; 1924 film Ballet Mecanique. Visits to 
United States in 1931, 1938, 194145. 1949 mosaic for church fagade at Assy; 
1951 window for church at Audincourt. Died in Gif-sur-Yvette, France. 

SEATED NUDE. 1913. Charcoal, 19V4 x 12Vz". 

COMPASS. 1926. Oil on canvas, 38 x 57%". 

STILL LIFE WITH INKWELL. 1927. Gouache on board, 9 x 12W. 

COMPOSITION I. 1930. Oil on canvas, 55V2 x IMVz". 

EL LISSITZKY 1890-1947 

Born in Smolensk, Rassia. Studied engineering. Joined constructivist movement 
of Tallin and Rodchenko, 1919. Taught at Moscow Academy, 1921. 1922 to 
Berlin, where he worked with van Doesburg, Moholy-Nagy and Mies van der 
Rohe. 1923-25 Switzerland, where he organized ABC group. Published The 
Isms of Art with Arp, 1925. 1925-28 Hannover. 1928 returned to Russia. 
Died in Moscow. 

COMPOSITION. 1920-22. Oil on canvas, 30Vi x 32Vi". 


Born in Sanford, Alabama. Studied at Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, 1924-27 ; 
Art Student's League, New York, 1933-34; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, 
1937 ; Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, New York and Provincetown, 
1938-43. One-man exhibitions since 1946. Lives in East Hampton, New York. 

INCREASE. 1959. Oil on canvas, 73V4: x 73Vi". ; 


Born in Saint-Ouen (Somme), France. Studied at Academy of Fine Arts, 
Amiens. 1931 to Paris. Studied architecture at Ecole des Beaux- Arts; started 
to paint at this time. 1935 studied with Bissiere, met Le Moal, Bertholle. Later 
exhibited with Singier and Gischia. Has designed tapestries and stained glass 
for churches. Exhibited in Europe, South America and United States. 

LAVENDER. 1959. Oil on canvas, 38% x 51 Vi". 


Born in Boston. Self-taught. Since 1948 both group and one-man exhibitions 
in. United States and Europe. Received Logan Medal and Purchase Prize, 
Whitney Museum Annual, 1954; Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1959. Spent 
part of 1959 in Rome. Associate Professor, University of California, 
Feb.-June 1958. Lives in New York City. 

COLLAGE M -10-56. Oil and collage on canvas, 34Vi x 24W. 

HEiVRI MATISSE 1869-1954 

Born in Le Cateau, France. 1891 studied in Paris with Bouguereau. and 
Moreau. Exhibited at Salon des Independants from 1901, at Salon d'Automne 
from 1903. One-man show, Ambroise Vollard's, 1904. Leader of the Fauves. 
1908 exhibited in New York, Moscow and Berlin. 1910 to Spain; 1911 to 
Moscow; 1911-13 trips to Morocco. Designed Vence chapel, completed 1951. 
Died in Nice. 

FLOWERS AND CERAMIC PLATE. 1911. Oil on canvas, 36% x 32V4" . 
STILL LIFE WITH FISH. 1921. Oil on canvas, 29 x 24". 
GREY NUDE. 1929. Oil on canvas, 39% x 32". 

JOAN MIRO 1893- 

Born in Barcelona. 1919 to Paris. 1922 exhibited in international Dada 
exhibition, Paris; 1925 in first surrealist group exhibition, Paris. 1925 decor 
for Diaghilev ballet. Murals: 1937 Paris Exposition; Terrace Plaza Hotel, 
Cincinnati, 1947; Graduate Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 
1950-51. Guggenheim International Award, 1958. 
Lives in Palma Majorca, Spain. 

CONSTELLATION. 1933. Oil on canvas, 51V4 x65V'k". 
POETIC LANDSCAPE. 1937. Oil on board, 49Vi x 37". 
HALLOWEEN. 1953. Oilonmasonite,42 x21". 


Born in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. Studied at Academy of Fine Arts, 
Amsterdam. 1910 to Paris. 1914 exhibited at Salon des Independants. 
1914-19 The Netherlands. 1917 founded with van Doesburg and others the 
periodical De Stijl. Published Le Neo Plasticisme, 1920, Paris. 1938-40 
London. 1940 to United States. Died in New York City. 

TREE. 1912. Oil on canvas, 36% x 27%". 

COMPOSITION NO. V WITH COLOR PLANES. 1917. Oil on canvas, 19Vi x 24" 
COMPOSITION NO. II, BLACK AND WHITE. 1930. Oil on canvas, 16 x 13Vi". 
COMPOSITION, BLUE AND YELLOW. 1935. Oil on canvas, 28% x 27Vi". 
COMPOSITION, WHITE,RED, YELLOW. 1938. Oil on canvas, 31V2x24V2". 

CLAUDE MOIVET 1840-1926 

Born in Paris. Studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Friendship with Renoir, 
Sisley and Bazille. 1871 trip to London with Pissarro ; influence of Turner. 
A leading figure in the Impressionist movement. Participated in first 
Impressionist exhibition, 1874, Paris and most subsequent Impressionist 
shows. 1890-91 began Haystack series, followed by Cathedral of Rouen and 
Waterlilies series. Died in Giverny, France. 

WISTERIA. 1920-25. Oil on canvas, 59Vi x 79". 


Born in Denham, Buckinghamshire, England. Son of artist. Sir William 
Nicholson. Studied at Slade School, London and in Tours and Milan. Known 
for his geometrical plaster reliefs as well as for his paintings. Aivarded many 
prizes including first prize, Pittsburgh International, 1952; Guggenheim 
International Award, 1956; Ulissi Prize, Venice Biennale, 1958. 

COMPOSITION (PALE BLUE CIRCLE). 1935. Oil on canvas, 28 x 35%". 


Born in Malaga, Spain. To Barcelona, 1895. 1900-01 trips to Madrid and 
Paris. 1904 settled in Paris. 1907 met Prague with whom he developed cubism. 
1917-21 stage sets and costumes for Diaghilev ballet. 1937 "Guernica". 1939-40 
Royan, near Bordeaux. Since 1946 has lived in the south of France. 
Retrospectives: Paris, 1955; New York, 1959; London, 1960. 

KNEELING NUDE. 1901. Chalk, 13% x9W. 
BUST OF A WOMAN. 1907. Oil on canvas, 21V4. x 15%". 
WOMAN WITH MANDOLIN. 1908. Oil on canvas, 39Vz x 31%". 
STILL LIFE WITH MANDOLIN. 1923. Oil on canvas, SSVa x 51Vz". 
SKETCH FOR A SCULPTURE. 1930. Oil on canvas, 36Vi x 28%". 
SEATED FIGURE. 1930. Oil on wood, 26 x 19W. 
BULLFIGHT. 1934. Oil on canvas, 13 x 21%". 
TWO FIGURES. 1939. Oil on canvas, 16 x 13". 
SEATED CHILD. 1939. Oil on canvas, 28Vzx23'^h". 
SEATED NUDE ON BLUE. 1939. Oil on canvas, 16 x 13". 
STILL LIFE WITH MELON. 1948. Oil on wood,23Vz x39Vi". 
NUDE BEFORE THE GARDEN. 1956. Oil on canvas, SlVi x 63%". 


Born in Cody, Wyoming. Lived in Arizona and Wyoming. Came to New York 
1929. Studied at Art Student's League with Thomas Hart Benton, 1929-30. 
First one-man show in 1943, Art of This Century, New York. Included in 
Sao Paulo Bienal, 1951, 1957 (Special Room) ; Venice Biennale, 1948, 1950, 
1956. Died in East Hampton, New York. Posthumous retrospective. The 
Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1957. 

SHIMMERING IMAGE. 1947. Oil on canvas, 24 x 20". 


Born in Port Arthur, Texas. Studied at Kansas City Art Institute; Academic 
Julian, Paris, 1947; Black Mountain College, N. C, 194849; Art Student's 
League, New York, 1949-50. Traveled in Italy and North Africa, 1952-53. 
Group exhibitions since 1951, including II. Documenta, Kassel, 1959; 16 
Americans, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1959. One-man 
exhibitions since 1953. Lives in New York City. 

COMPOSITION. 1951. Oil and collage on canvas, 29% x 41". 

MAJV RAY 1890- 

Born in Philadelphia. To New York, 1897. First one-man exhibition. 
New York, 1912. Exhibited in Armory Show, New York, 1913. With Duchamp 
and de Zayas founded New York Dada group, 1917. 1921 to Paris, where he 
joined Dada group. 1921 took up photography using "Rayograph" technique. 
1924 joined surrealist group. Has made surrealist films. 1940-51 California. 
Now lives in Paris. 

COMPOSITION. 1929. Oil on canvas, 2OV2 x 28". 


Born in Paris. Studied stained glass making. 1891, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, 
Paris ; 1893 met Matisse in Moreau's class. 1901 met Huysmans. 1902-12 
exhibited annually at Salon des Independants. A founder of Salon d'Automne, 
1903, where he exhibited regularly until 1908. 1904 met Leon Bloy. First 
one-man exhibition Galerie Druet, 1910. Active in printmaking; designed 
decor for Diaghilev ballet, 1929; windows for Church at Assy, 1945. 
Died in Paris. 

MOROCCAN. 1913. Oil on canvas, 40Vi x 27Vi". 

KC/RT SCHWiTTERS 1887-1948 

Born in Hannover. Studied at. School of Decorative Arts of Hannover, 1908; 
1909-14 Academy of Dresden. 1915 Merzbau. 1919, Hannover, founded Merz 
his own sector of the Dada movement, published review Merz, contributed 
to review Der Sturm. Member of Cercle et Carre group, Paris, 1930 and 
Abstraction-Creation, 1932. Settled in England, 1941. Died in 
Ambleside, England. 

MERZBILD 13A. 1919. Oil and collage on board, 16V.I x 13" (oval). 

BUNT. 1921. Collage, 7 x SVz". 

Mz. RE. Circa 1923. Collage, 7 x 6%". 

Mz 464. 1922. Collage and gouache, 7Vz x 5W (oval). 

OKOLA. 1926. Collage, 7 x5Vi". 

ROSA D ABEL 1926. Collage. 6V2. x5Vi". 

Mz30,17. 1930. Collage on board, 6Vix4%". 

GREY CIRCLE. 1946. Oil and collage on tvood, IOV2 x 8%". 

N.B.1947. Collage on leather, 15 X U". 

MILK FLOWER. 1947. Collage on board, 15 x 12Vi". 

REPL. 1947. Collage, I3V2 x 11". 

CHASM SOt/TIIVE 18941943 

Born in Smilovitch, Lithuania. Studied at School of Fine Arts, Vilna, 1910. 
1913 to Paris, tvhere he studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Met Chagall, Leger, 
Cendrars, Modigliani and the dealer, Zborowski. Exhibited rarely. After 1919 
lived in Ceret, Cagnes, Chatelguyon and Paris. Died in Paris. 

MISTR.4L. 1922. Oil on canvas, 32% x 24". 


Born in St. Petersburg. 1919 left Russia; 1922 to Brussels. Studied at School of 
Fine Arts, Brussels, 1932-33. Traveled extensively in Europe and North 
Africa, 1930-37. 1937 to Paris; 1940-42 Nice; returned to Paris, 1943. First 
one-man exhibition, Paris, 1944; exhibited in Salon de Mai, 1945-55. 
1954 settled at Antibes where he committed suicide. Retrospective, Musee 
National d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1956. 

DOOR WITHOUT ENTRANCE. 1946. Oil on canvas, 7 4y2 x 37". 
BRIDGE OF AUTEUIL. 1954. Oil on canvas, 35 x 51 V2". 


Born in Clohars-Carnoet, Brittany. Studied sculpture; designed models for 
pottery industry in Quimper. To Paris, 1925. Has lived in Brittany, Burgundy, 
Aix-en-Provence. Received Prix Paul Guillaume, 1936. Participated in 
Pittsburgh International, 1952, 1955, 1958; Venice Biennale, 1956; 
II. Documenta, Kassel, 1959. Lives in Paris. 

ROCK. 1950. Oil on canvas, 30% x 30%". 


Born in Barcelona. 1946 gave up law studies to devote himself exclusively 
to painting. Self-taught. 1948 co-founder of group and review Dau al Set, 
Barcelona. 1950 to Paris on French government scholarship. 1950, first one-man 
show, Barcelona. Included in Sao Paulo Bienal, 1953 (purchase prize) ; 
Venice Biennale, 1958 (two prizes) ; Pittsburgh International, 1950, 1952, 1955, 
1958 (first prize). Lives in Barcelona. 

COMPOSITION. 1957. Oil and mixed media on canvas, 45 x57Vz". 

nARK TOBEY 1890— 

Bom in Centerville, Wisconsin. Self-taught. 1911 to New York. Later lived 
in Chicago and in Seattle. Traveled in Mexico, Europe, Near and Far East. 
Studied Chinese calligraphy in China, 1934. One-man exhibitions since 1917. 
Recent group exhibitions include Sao Paulo Bienal, 1951, 1955; 
Pittsburgh International, 1952, 1955, 1958; Venice Biennale, 1956; 
II. Documenta, Kassel, 1959. Lives in Basel, Switzerland. 

WHITE WORLD. 1953. Tempera, 18^/^ x 24". 


Born in Damville (Eure), France. Painter, engraver, etcher. Eldest brother 
of artists Marcel Duchamp, Suzanne Duchamp, Raymond Duchamp-Villon. 
1894 to Paris. Associated with cubists. 1932-33 member of Abstraction- 
Creation group. 1936 visited the United States, 194f) in southern France. 
Participated in Venice Biennale, 1950, 1956 (first prize for painting), 1960; 
Pittsburgh International, 1950 (first prize). Lives in Puteaux, France. 

FIGURE. 1921. Oiloncanvas,2lVixl5". 


Born in Cuiseaux. Family moved to Paris, 1877. Enrolled in Ecole des 
Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1886; Academic Julian, 1888. 1889 joined Nabi group viith 
Denis, Bonnard, Serusier and others. First one-man show at Revue Blanche. 
Exhibited also at Bernheim-J eune. Salon des Independants, Salon d'Automne. 
1938 retrospective at Musee des Arts Decoratifs. Died at La Baule, France. 

IN THE PARK. Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 30Vz x 36%". 


Born in Chicago. Studied at Art Institute of Chicago. Has taught at Institute 
of Design, Chicago ; Black Mountain College, N. C. ; Colorado Springs 
Fine Arts Center. Now teaching at Chouinard School, Los Angeles. Exhibitions 
in the United States and Europe. Included in Pittsburgh International, 
1952, 1958. 

AIR MAIL. 1957-58. Oil on canvas, 55Vi x 39W. 

WOLS 1913-1951 

Born Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze in Berlin. Studied the violin, enrolled 
for a short time at Bauhaus, Berlin. 1932 to Paris, associated with surrealists. 
Worked as photographer. Lived in Spain. 1939 returned to France and 
began to paint. Illustrated books by Kafka, Sartre, Artaud and others. 
First one-man exhibition, Galerie Drouin, Paris, 1947. Participated 
in numerous group exhibitions. Died in Paris. 

WINDMILL. 1940-44. Oil on canvas, 28% x 23W. 
HARBOR DISTRICT. Watercolor, 7Vi x I2V2". 
COMPOSITION. Ink and watercolor, 8% x 5Vz". 
COMPOSITION. Ink and watercolor, 9 x 11%". 
COMPOSITION. Ink and watercolor, 9 x 11". 


Born in Riga, Latvia. Educated in St. Petersburg. Self-taught as an artist. 
From 1919 traveled in Europe, North Africa, Mexico. Settled in Paris 1928-38. 
Spent World War II in Sweden. 1947 to United States. Guggenheim 
Fellowship 1949-50, renewed 1954-55; recipient of Ford Foundation 
Fellowship, 1959. Many group and one-man exhibitions. Now an 
American citizen, living in New York City. 

EMBROIDERED HALO. 1957. Pastel, 32 x26Vi". 

The following works were not originally part of the 

G. David Thompson Collection 

but were added to the Museum showings with the owner's consent: 

Kandinsky: NUDE. 1911. 
Monet: WISTERIA. 1920-25. 

The following work listed in the catalogue had to be withdrawn 
for reasons beyond our control: 

van Gogh: L'ARLESIENNE. 1890. 

The works listed below were recently sold 
and are now in the following collections: 

Picasso: BULLFIGHT. 1934. 


Collection Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Douglas, Beverly Hills, California. 

Picasso: SEATED NUDE ON BLUE. 1939. 
Collection Richard L. Feigen, Chicago, Illinois. 



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